Linda Atkinson is a visual artist and native of Roanoke.  She lived for 13 years in

 California, teaching sculpture and women's studies at the University of California,

 Santa Cruz.  Returning to Southwestern Virginia, she taught
studio art as a visiting lecturer for Hollins University, Radford University

 and Roanoke College, where she was also gallery director and curator of the Olin Hall Galleries for 11 years.  Linda currently teaches art history at Virginia Western Community College, and in addition to teaching she is an art consultant and fine art appraiser

and maintains an active art studio and gallery  of her work in Fincastle, Virginia. 



Education:

1975-1977       MFA Sculpture, California College of Art, Oakland, CA.

1971-1974       BFA Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

1970                Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2017  
All In:  Sculpture and Collage, Virginia Western Art Gallery, Virginia Western Community     College, Roanoke, VA

2001    Sculpture, Painting and works on PAPER, Piedmont Art Center, Martinsville, VA

2001    Recent Sculpture, Allegany Highland Arts and Crafts Center, Clifton Forge, VA

1999    Three Genres, Vantage Gallery, Ithaca, NY

1998    New Artist Exhibition, Allport Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997    Sculpture and other Oddities, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA

1996    On and Off the Wall, Cabrillo Gallery, Cabrillo, CA

1994    From the Garden, A.R. Wood Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

1991    Recent Sculpture, Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angles, CA

1972    Sculpture Installations, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA

 

Selected Museum Group Museum Exhibitions:

1996    City Art Show Art museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA  juried

1996    The Exquisite Corpse and Other Oddities, Fayetteville Museum, Fayetteville, NC  invitational

1994    Vision and Function:  Recent Work by Virginia Sculptors, Art Museum of   Western          Virginia, Roanoke, VA invitational

1987    54th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Arnot Museum, Elmira, NY  juried

1985    The Art Museum Annual:  Works on/of Paper and Clay, Santa Cruz County  Museum, Santa Cruz, CA

1984    The Sculpture Show, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2017 The Market Gallery, Roanoke, Virginia
2017 bj spoke gallery EXPO 36, Huntington, New York

1999    Roanoke/Wonju International Art Exchange Exhibition, Olin Hall Galleries,            Roanoke College, Salem, VA

1997    Loving the Land: Exploring Southern Regionalism, Blue Spiral Gallery, Ashville, NC

1996    Studio Artists, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

1996    Sculpture and Painting, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, VA

1993    The Gardening of Art, Dorothy McRae Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1991    New Artist Show, Cudahys Gallery, Richmond, VA

1986    Small Works Exhibition, Washington Square Galleries, New York University, NY, NY

1984    Three Sculptors:  Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly, Linda Atkinson, Hoeger- Thompson Gallery, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

I have a B.F.A in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a M.F.A. in Sculpture from the California College of Arts. My work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums including solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Ithaca, New York, Richmond, Roanoke, Virginia, as well as inclusion in numerous group exhibitions nationally. 
Returning to Virginia in 1988, in addition to creating sculpture I was Curator and Director of the Galleries at Roanoke College for 17 years, and taught studio art at the University of California /Santa Cruz, Roanoke College, Hollins University, Radford University, and Virginia Western Community College. 
My work includes some large scale commissioned sculpture.  I was commissioned to carve  a set of Ark Doors for Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, Virginia.  The Doors measured 96"x48"x3", and are carved mahogany and pierced with stained glass.  Recently I was commissioned to create an additional work for the Temple, a carved mahogany relief sculpture.  This Tree of Life donor tree is also carved mahogany, and measures 66"x79"x3". In addition to working in wood, I created a 60"x144"x4" steel sculpture for Virginia Western Community College, an outdoor piece entitled "Inside/Out".  The sculpture is displayed outside of the President's Office, in the Court of Four Seasons.